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Apr 22, 2011
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Like the title says?

What was the most regrettable climbing related impulse thing you have purchased? (to be fair, it may be 1 purchase, or several over years)

We have all made some pretty dumb purchases, made em on our uncontrollable impulse to buy shiny new things.

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I can't believe I kept buying draws, here and there, maybe 1 when im done for the day and my friends are looking to shop, I go over and say yeah i guess ill take that... OR if there is a huge sale going on FML...

I counted my draws, I have a total of 48 dogbones with either BD Ounce or Neuts, hotwires, and some petzl express with spirits. I also have 15 alpine runners, all on ounces tripled up 60cm mammut contact slings.

Soooo you can see how my little impulsiveness treats me... How does yours treat you?

P.S. They all have their own names and personalities, and wouldn't sell them for the world. I would however trade some out if anyone needed and had stuff for trade...
Ice4life
From SLC, UT
Joined Nov 4, 2010
87 points
Administrator
Apr 22, 2011
Pure bliss..
Ice gear, Quarks and all that crap. Hated it. Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Apr 22, 2011
My navigator keeps me from getting lost
i share your quickdraw addiction, ice.

at first, i told myself i was just going to convert some of my quickdraws to alpine draws since i was starting to get into trad. but, then i realized i didn't want to use quickdraws at all for trad climbing so i bought several more 'biners and slings.

and then, i went out for a sport climbing weekend and realized i really prefer the simplicity of quickdraws for sport climbing. so, with half of my quickdraws converted, i had to get more.

it's sad really. i probably have enough 'biners, slings, and dogbones to protect an entire 10 pitch climb. well, ok, maybe just a 5 pitch climb.
Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Joined Jul 17, 2006
274 points
Apr 22, 2011
Pete belays 2nd pitch Little corner
Hexes, Metolius "Safety Harness," GriGri, jury is out on tricams, wide nylon slings, gear slings, multiple pairs of uncomfortable (too tight) shoes. Too lazy to ebay anyone know where to donate to good cause? Peter Pitocchi
Joined Oct 4, 2009
104 points
Apr 22, 2011
Crux Move
shoes. I've got a pair for indoor, outdoor sport, outdoor easy, outdoor trad, outdoor crack. Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Joined Jun 20, 2008
2,113 points
Apr 22, 2011
A mountaineering axe for east cost winter peak bagging. I even carried it a good dozen times before coming to the conclusion that it was only good for knocking snow off the trees (sucks being the lead / taller guy in the party). That and I haven't done anything yet that poles and MSR snowshoes won't tackle. Now I just carry a technical axe which packs better and is arguable more useful should I ever need it on something wicked steep. Nathan Stokes
Joined Oct 20, 2008
439 points
Apr 22, 2011
Phil Lauffen wrote:
shoes. I've got a pair for indoor, outdoor sport, outdoor easy, outdoor trad, outdoor crack.


And you regret it??
Jeremy Kasmann
From Denver, CO
Joined Nov 21, 2007
4 points
Apr 22, 2011
speedriding vail pass
tri cams Couloirman
From Providence, RI
Joined Jan 31, 2009
28 points
Apr 22, 2011
Bouldering Poudre Canyon, Colorado
I bought a pair of 5.10 Gambits on Steep and Cheap for like $30, figuring if I didn't like them they would make decent gym shoes or something.

Man, I hated those shoes. They don't do anything well: smear, edge, heel... nada. Plus, they have to be the sweatiest shoes I've ever climbed in.

I just gave them away to a friend who just started climbing.
Bob Robinson
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Joined Aug 25, 2009
255 points
Apr 22, 2011
Me doing my Jits thing (what I do when not climbin...
BINERS! I just keep amassing (sp? I went to public school so I'm not sure it that's right) these things telling myself I'll find a use for them. JitsClimber
From Broomfield,Co
Joined Mar 9, 2011
17 points
Apr 22, 2011
Grande Grotto
Link Cams

Winter Alpine Gear

Biners
mattm
From TX
Joined Jun 2, 2006
1,238 points
Apr 22, 2011
Middle
Feature laden Hard Shells. Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Joined Jul 23, 2010
130 points
Apr 22, 2011
black nasty
Small sized chalk bag!

I admit it, I'm an East Coast Chalker!
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,169 points
Apr 22, 2011
mountaineering axe on SAC. Never used, sits by my bed in case of zombies.
Looped gear sling, all it does is hang in my closet and helps organize gear, but I realized I hated climbing with it after a few outings.
I also just got one of those bicycle jerseys with the built in camelbak thinking it would be a good way to carry water on multipitch days rather than a nalgene hanging off the harness. The only problem is hiking wearing it full with the backpack on!

right handed ascender. cinch/grigri+left handed is all you need!
Phill T
Joined May 5, 2008
148 points
Apr 22, 2011
First generation Trango Cinch. Never got the hang of using it. Dan R
From Colorado Springs, CO
Joined Mar 17, 2008
0 points
Apr 22, 2011
Crux Move
Jeremy Kasmann wrote:
And you regret it??


Every week or so I think about buying more from dirtbag deals. Its an addiction. I get made fun of. I guess I don't regret it tho....
Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Joined Jun 20, 2008
2,113 points
Apr 22, 2011
Rhododendrons at the New River Gorge (late May - e...
Ice gear in general (loved it, just too far away to be practical), Yates Screamer, Koflach Arctis Expe, BD Micros-Swedges, Rope "Washer" (PVC tube w/interior brush), BIG BROS!!.....

My "get real" policy - If it isn't used within a year, it gets sold.
DaveB
Joined Feb 4, 2007
1,119 points
Apr 22, 2011
Me too!
This thing...worthless...never used it.


BD Blizzard tool holster, for thread about regrett...
BD Blizzard tool holster, for thread about regrettable purchases. I donated this to Wiled Horse for route setting.
J. Fox
From Black Hawk, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2007
1,525 points
Apr 22, 2011
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring... Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
23,493 points
Apr 22, 2011
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stile...
Link cams. Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Joined May 10, 2007
280 points
Apr 22, 2011
Me doing my Jits thing (what I do when not climbin...
Tony B wrote:
At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...

+1
JitsClimber
From Broomfield,Co
Joined Mar 9, 2011
17 points
Apr 22, 2011
Hanging out on Royal Arches
Rock Exotica Bi Wire. Its a sick idea, but the thing is huge and weights as much as 3 biners.

rockexotica.com/dev/products/c...
Tristan B
From La Crescenta, CA
Joined Oct 1, 2009
1,499 points
Apr 22, 2011
Fall Line, City of Rocks
Tony B wrote:
At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...

Not this guy...getting hitched in a week!! (For the first time:)
Scott T
From Alpine Meadows, CA
Joined Jun 6, 2010
27 points
Apr 22, 2011
Phil Lauffen wrote:
Every week or so I think about buying more from dirtbag deals. Its an addiction. I get made fun of. I guess I don't regret it tho....


Me too...shoe addict. Probably 6pr that I use regularly.
Jeremy Kasmann
From Denver, CO
Joined Nov 21, 2007
4 points
Apr 22, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Giant sized cams I'm out 100 bucks for and never placed. Endless harnesses trying to find the 'perfect fit'. About 40 too many quickdraws. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,090 points
Apr 22, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
I've never regretted buying Tricams because usually friends just give them away to me or I find them. I bought a pair of Boreal Stingers once thinking they would improve my footwork. Uh, yeah. They were so painful I sold them after wearing them a few times. I never use the hexes I bought when I first got into climbing. Why bother futzing with that jive when you have double cams?


Ditto on the bigass hard shell. I have one that is full of pit zippers, liner, and all sorts of junk. It's so stiff and bulky I rarely wear it anywhere unless I expect you know, 65 mph sustained winds. Might come in handy for being stuck out somewhere crappy, but I generally avoid that situation.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,494 points


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